Pay it Forward in Hellam, York County

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This week’s “Pay it Forward” led us to the Tourist Inn in Hellam, York County. Behind the counter of the bar was Michele Decker, who had 12-year-old Victoria Boyd in mind for a $200 surprise.

Victoria suffers from distal spinal muscular atrophy. The disease affects her breathing, causes her muscles to waste away and weakens her immune system. Scoliosis has confined her to a wheelchair.

“They have to carry her up and down the stairs because they don’t have a chairlift for the family for the house,” Decker said. “They don’t have a vehicle that’s really easy access for them to get her around to her doctor’s appointments.”

Decker said she’s inspired by families like Victoria’s, who go through so much to care for a child with special needs.

“I do have two children. And I don’t know if I could have the strength as a mom to be able to do what these parents do,” she said.

After a drive to Dover, Decker arrived at Victoria’s doorstep to give the family $200.

For Victoria, getting a special van that can transport her wheelchair would be a dream come true.

“It’s going to change my whole life,” Victoria said. “I’m going to be really happy.”

She said she’s thankful to have so many people looking out for her, including her younger brother Joey.

“I just really love my sister and if anyone’s mean, I stand up for her,” Joey Rugh, 7, said.

Everyday, Victoria is surprising her family, becoming stronger and more independent.

“It’s nice to see her do things on her own,” said Aaron Rugh, Victoria’s father.

Added Victoria’s mother Holly, “And every day is a blessing.”

The Tourist Inn at 671 W. Market Street, Hellam, PA 17406 is holding a benefit for Victoria on Saturday, December 1, starting at 2 p.m. It’ll include a silent auction and giveaways.

To find out more or it you would like to donate an item for the auction, call (717) 755-7629 and ask for Annette Thoman or Michele Decker.


    • Mrs Claus

      Ken please call Annette @ 755-7629 and let's keep this a secret for the family!!! ;)

      Thank you & god bless

      Love, Mrs, Claus ;)

  • Annette Thoman

    The Tourist Inn Benefit Auction for Victoria Boyd will be this Sat. The parade arrives at 2pm and the auction starts at this time. We are accepting new items to auction off. You must be 21 years old to attend. One hundred percent of the auction and food sales will go to Victoria. Thank you to everyone that has generously donated already. We are hoping to give Victoria the best Christmas ever, hope you can attend. Monetary donations can be dropped off or mailed to the Tourist Inn~671 W. Mkt. St. Hellam Pa 17406.

  • Gerald Brinser

    We have a left handed stairway chair lift. 13'2'' that we no longer need. How do we get in contact with someone in the family? Our number is 717-838-6348.

    • Mrs Claus;)

      Please call Annette and keep this a secret for the family!! The tourist inn 755-7629
      Thank you and god bless!! ;)

      Mrs,claus!! ;)

  • Mrs claus

    Anybody wanting to help please call the tourist inn 755-7629 to make everything a surprise from secret santas workshop!!!!!!;)
    Again thank you everybody and let's me this a wonderful Christmas for Victoria it's her day and she's deserves!!!!;)
    God bless & with Lots of Love

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